Scores

Final

Iona 55

(5-8, 0-2 MAAC)

South Florida 68

(5-7, 4-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 27, 2008

    USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida

    1 2 T
    IONA 29 2655
    USF 34 3468

    Top Performers

    Iona: S. Machado 9 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast

    South Florida: D. Jones 36 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    South Florida 68, Iona 55

    Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Dominique Jones scored a career-high 36 points to lead South Florida to a 68-55 win over Iona on Saturday night.

    Jones shot 12-for-16 from the field, including 7-for-9 from 3-point range. Jesus Verdejo added 14 points for the Bulls (5-7), who snapped a two-game losing streak with the win.

    The Gaels (5-8) were led by Devon Clarke, who finished with 16 points and five rebounds. Trinity Fields chipped in with 13 points.

    The Gaels led by one point with 1:24 remaining in the first half, but Jones scored the next eight points to put the Bulls up by seven with 5 seconds left before halftime. Iona's Scott Machado hit a buzzer-beater to trim the deficit to 34-29 at the break.

    The Bulls quickly fell behind due to a 13-5 Iona run to start the second half, but South Florida responded with a 10-2 run of its own to take a 49-44 lead with 9:19 remaining.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    IONA
    USF
    Points 55 68
    FG Made-Attempted 18-39 (.462) 23-48 (.479)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-13 (.231) 10-20 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-22 (.727) 12-16 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 13

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